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Salmon River Campground

Name: Salmon River Campground

The Salmon River Campground is located NE of Stanley, Idaho, along the Salmon River. It is divided by Hwy 75 which runs between Stanley and Challis, Idaho. The riverside loop has fewer trees and shade but has access to the Salmon River, while the upper loop tends to have more forest, shade and privacy. This stretch of the Salmon River is very popular for fly fishing. We saw one fisher lady several times as we worked our way downstream reviewing campgrounds.

Campsites: There is a total of 30 tent / RV camping sites divided into two loops in Salmon River Campground. The loop along the Salmon River has 18 sites, 3 of which are double sites. The loop on the uphill side of Hwy 75 has 12 sites. The roads and driveways are all paved. Each camp site has a picnic table and fire pit with a grill attached.

Host on Site: Yes, they were very helpful and friendly.

Water: Water is available from a hand pump equipped well but I found it to be undesirable.

Garbage Services: Yes.

Electricity Available: No.

Restroom: There are vault style outhouses available which were clean at the time we visited.

Handicap Accessible: Yes.

Firewood: Yes, firewood is available from the camp host for $6.00 per bundle.

Pets: On a leash only.

Picnic Area: No.

Recreation: Camping and fly fishing the Salmon River are the two most popular activities. Other recreational activities include rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, trail riding and photography.

Fishing: The Salmon River from here downstream is a very popular fly fishing area. Check the regulations for seasons.

Boating: There are no boating facilities here.

Swimming: No.

Wildlife: The campground is along the Salmon river down in a valley with the highway running by. You may see deer, and you might be visited by a bear at night if you are not careful with your food. There are also elk and wolves, but you probably would never see one.

Additional Camping Opportunities: Check out our reviews for these nearby campgrounds; Casino Creek Campground, Riverside Campground, Mormon Bend Campground and the Redfish Lake Area Campgrounds. There are primitive campsites toward the Sawtooth Mountains. However, I did not see any along the Salmon River in this area.

Phone service: Phone service is available at Stanley. I failed to check my cell phone but I know there is ATT service at Stanley.

Nearby Services: Stanley is the best source for those supplies you may run low on such as gas, propane, food, ice and pop.

RV Dumping Site: There is an RV dumping station just south of Stanley, Idaho.

Location/Driving instructions: The Salmon River Campground is just 4.3 miles NE of Stanley, Idaho on Hwy 75. From Stanley, you will be traveling toward Challis, Idaho.

Coordinates: 44.2485210,-114.8700820

Elevation: 6166 Feet

Reviewed Date: July 2010

Fees And Reservations: This campground is not reservable. First come, first serve. The fee schedule is $30.00 for a double site and $15.00 for a single site on the river loop. The uphill loop is $26.00 for a double site, $13.00 for a single site, with $5.00 for your additional vehicle per day. The river loop is busier and has the river frontage, while the uphill loop is more woodsy.

This information is accurate as of the date of the review.

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Dave Quiggle:

Our camp host Vern, was very helpful upon our arrival.  We had been traveling a long time and stumbled onto the campground.  He welcomed us in and told us about the area.  A pleasure to talk with him for 4 days (we planned on 2 days).  Will go back someday!